Minnesota State Highway 16

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Trunk Highway 16 marker

Trunk Highway 16
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 87.671 mi[2] (141.093 km)
Existed: 1980[1] – present
Tourist
routes:
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end: I-90.svg I-90 at Dexter
  US 63.svg U.S. 63 at Spring Valley
MN-80.svg MN 80 near Wykoff
US 52.svg U.S. 52 at Preston
MN-250.svg MN 250 at Lanesboro
MN-43.svg MN 43 at Rushford
MN-76.svg MN 76 at Houston
MN-44.svg MN 44 at Hokah
MN-26.svg MN 26 at La Crescent Township
East end: US 14.svg US 61.svg Wisconsin state line at La Crescent
Location
Counties: Mower, Fillmore, Houston
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 15 MN 18

Minnesota State Highway 16 is a two-lane highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate Highway 90 in Dexter and continues east to its eastern terminus at the Wisconsin state line concurrent with U.S. Highways 14 and 61 outside La Crescent just west of La Crosse, Wisconsin.[2]

The route was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2003 as the Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway. The roadway follows the route of old U.S. Highway 16.[3]

Highway 16 is 88 miles (142 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 16 serves as an east–west route in southeast Minnesota between Dexter, Spring Valley, Preston, Rushford, Houston, and La Crescent. Highway 16 parallels Interstate 90 throughout its route in southeast Minnesota.

The route passes through the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest in Fillmore and Houston counties.

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park is located near Highway 16 in Fillmore County. The park is located between Spring Valley and Preston.

The La Crosse West Channel Bridge carrying US Route 14, US Route 61, Minnesota State Highway 16, and Wisconsin State Highway 16 across the Mississippi River between La Crescent, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is the river's West Channel.

The eastern terminus for Highway 16 is the Wisconsin state line at the Mississippi River outside La Crescent, concurrent with U.S. Highways 14 and 61.

The western terminus for the route is its interchange with Interstate 90 in Dexter.

This interchange once had a loop from Westbound Highway 16 to Westbound I-90, that looked like this: Map12346.png

History[edit]

U.S. Highway 16

State Highway 16 was designated in 1980. The route was originally part of old U.S. Highway 16 from 1926 to 1980.

U.S. 16 was mostly replaced by Interstate Highway 90 within Minnesota.

State Highway 16 from Dexter to La Crescent is the only remaining section of this former U.S. route that exists as a trunk highway separate from Interstate 90.

After crossing the Mississippi River Bridge and the Wisconsin state line, old U.S. 16 continues on as Wisconsin Highway 16.[1]

The only section of U.S. Highway 16 that remains in the present day is the east–west route between Rapid City, South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Major intersections[edit]

Mileposts are retained from old U.S. 16.

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Mower Dexter 199.005 320.268 I-90
199.178 320.546 CR 7
Grand Meadow 205.661 330.979 CR 8
Frankford Township 208.722 335.905 CR 14
210.246 338.358 US 63 West end of US 63 concurrency
Fillmore Spring Valley 215.436 346.711 US 63 south, CR-1.png CR 1 north East end of US 63 concurrency
Fillmore Township 221.833 357.006 MN 80 north, County square 5.png CR 5 south
Fountain Township 231.020 371.791 US 52 West end of US 52 concurrency
Preston Township 234.226 376.950 US 52 East end of US 52 concurrency
Lanesboro 239.212 384.974 CR 21
239.619 385.629 MN 250
Peterson 253.657 408.221 CR 25
Rushford 257.876 415.011 MN 43 North end of MN 43 concurrency
Rushford Village 258.429 415.901 MN 43 South end of MN 43 concurrency
Houston Houston 269.622 433.915 MN 76 West end of MN 76 concurrency
Houston Township 270.509 435.342 MN 76 East end of MN 76 concurrency
Hokah 282.689 454.944 MN 44
La Crescent Township 285.910 460.128 MN 26
La Crescent 288.407 464.146 US 14 / US 61
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2006-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Highways and Gas Stations - MN State Highway 16 page